Gents Visit IUPUI for Mid-Con Game
Thursday, September 28, 2006




Aaron Volanski had two goals
against IUPUI last season

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Looking to extend its current winning streak, the Centenary men’s soccer team (3-7-0, 1-1-0 Mid-Con) travels to IUPUI (4-6-0, 0-1-0 Mid-Con) for a Mid-Continent Conference game Saturday at Kuntz Stadium, in Indianapolis. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

The Gents head into this weekend coming off wins over Valparaiso and Tulsa, outscoring their opponents, 5-2, in the last two games.

Starting the last four games, junior James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King) picked up his first shutout of the season, making five saves to lead Centenary to the 1-0 win victory over Tulsa. In nine appearances, Speed has a 3.21 goals-against average and a .617 save percentage, with a 2-4-0 record.

Offensively, junior Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) and freshman Stephen Rifai (Spring, Texas/Klein) lead the Gents with eight and seven points, respectively. Volanski is among the Mid-Con leaders with four goals, leading Centenary with 22 shots in 10 games. Rifai has three goals and an assist in his freshman season.

In last season’s game against IUPUI, played Oct. 8, 2005, at Mayo Field, Volanski led the Gents to a 3-2 victory. Taking a game-high six shots, Volanski scored two goals, netting the game-winner late in the second half.

IUPUI has struggled of late, entering Saturday’s contest with the Gents on a five-game losing streak. In their last game, the Jaguars lost a 2-0 decision to Eastern Illinois.

Leading the Mid-Con in points, goals and shots, junior midfielder Vangel Nacovski has six goals and 13 points in 10 games, taking 39 shots. A vital part of the Jaguar attack, Nacovski has three of four game-winning goals this season for IUPUI, leading the conference in game-winners.

Behind Nacovski, freshman Eric Weigman and junior Chris Wey have eight and five points, respectively. Weigman, a forward, has three goals and 15 shots.

Starting all 10 games, senior goalkeeper Drew Deffner has a 1.52 goals-against average and a .766 save percentage, with two shutouts to his credit.

In their last trip to Indianapolis, Centenary fell to IUPUI, 1-0, with the game played Nov. 6, 2004 at Kuntz Stadium. Speed made six saves for the Gents in the loss.